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CIFOR–ICRAF publishes over 750 publications every year on agroforestry, forests and climate change, landscape restoration, rights, forest policy and much more – in multiple languages.

CIFOR–ICRAF addresses local challenges and opportunities while providing solutions to global problems for forests, landscapes, people and the planet.

We deliver actionable evidence and solutions to transform how land is used and how food is produced: conserving and restoring ecosystems, responding to the global climate, malnutrition, biodiversity and desertification crises. In short, improving people’s lives.

Regreening Africa Summit

Regreening Africa was launched in 2017 to help reverse degradation on one million hectares of land across eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This summit will reflect on five years of achievements, lessons and the way forward for the project, and restoration a wider scale on the continent.

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First-of-its-kind course trains African scientists in cutting-edge technology to adapt agriculture to climate change

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Nairobi, 26 January 2023 – Climate change is making it harder to grow enough nutritious food, but a unique programme is training African scientists in harnessing a cutting-edge breeding tool to adapt agriculture to new threats.

The African Plant Breeding Academy, a programme for top plant breeders to upgrade their skills in advanced crop breeding, is training 11 doctorate-level scientists from across the continent to use CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), a tool that allows scientists to make precise and specific changes to DNA sequences in living organisms, including crops.

The technology will help plant scientists to quickly develop crop varieties adapted to the changing climate, and to boost their nutritional content for important vitamins and minerals like Zinc, Iron and Vitamin A, all of which are critical for human health and development.

As an initiative of the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC), the University of California of Davis organised the six-week training programme, partnering with UC Berkeley’s Innovative Genome Institute (IGI) and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) which is hosted in Nairobi, Kenya by the Center for International Forestry Research and the World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Additional partners include African Union Development Agency – New Partnership for African Development (AUDA-NEPAD), Morrison and Foerster, Bayer, Syngenta, UM6P Ventures, and the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR).

“We are honoured to be working with the top institutions in the world in this Academy that will enable Africans to drive innovation critical to improving African crops to eliminate stunting due to malnutrition,” said Dr Allen Van Deynze, Director of the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis and Scientific Director of the AOCC.

“This training is the first of its kind to impart knowledge, skills and tools to accomplish gene editing in crop plants to national program scientists in Africa,” said Dr Rita Mumm who oversees Capacity Building and Mobilisation at the AOCC and directs the African Plant Breeding Academy.

Eleven doctorate scientists from seven countries are participating in this first cohort, from a highly competitive applicant pool of 57. The scientists work at institutions that are already undertaking research in gene editing in crop plants or have committed to doing so upon their employee’s graduation from the course.

“The gene-editing toolkit training is a momentous occasion that should be celebrated given the scale of the problem that CRISPR is expected to address,” said AOCC founder Dr Howard-Yana Shapiro during the official launch of the training programme.

“CRISPR is a key strategy towards improving food nutrition in Africa and the trainees from this programme will be the change agents that will make the impossible happen especially with the kind of pan-African collaboration we have witnessed today.”

Dr Silas Obukosia from the African Union Development Agency – New Partnership for African Development (AUDA-NEPAD) emphasised the organisation’s support for gene editing as one of the key innovations that will transform the continent.

“Gene-edited crops and their products that are equivalent to conventionally bred crops should be regulated under the conventional seed laws,” said Dr Obukosia. “Gene editing makes specific, targeted changes to the DNA of an organism and can be programmed to produce products equivalent to those developed through conventional breeding. In contrast, techniques used to develop GMOs often involve introducing genetic material from distantly related organisms to develop traits of economic importance.”

The programme supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2), which aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition as well as promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” said World Agroforestry Interim Director General Dr Ravi Prabhu, adding that, “addressing nutrition by improving local skillsets through such a programme is key to improving food security on the continent and an important contribution to a productive and sustainable transformation of African agriculture.”

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CIFOR-ICRAF scientists caution not to abandon forest carbon offsets, in wake of critical coverage

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  • Carbon offsetting is a popular strategy for individuals and companies looking to offset their carbon footprint and mitigate the effects of climate change. One way to do this is through planting forests or trees. While this approach has its benefits, it also has its drawbacks
  • Forest carbon offsets and REDD+ can help reduce deforestation and forest degradation – but those without proper oversight may have limited impact
  • Effective REDD+ projects can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities – and the women within those groups – as well as reducing deforestation and forest degradation and providing additional tree cover in agricultural landscapes
  • To meet the Paris Agreement goals, we must reduce our use of fossil fuels by 90%, and REDD+ remains an effective solution for sectors that cannot be decarbonised, while also supporting biodiversity and ecosystem services

An article in The Guardian on 18 January 2023 questions the effectiveness of REDD+ and forest carbon offsets if projects lack the proper oversight and monitoring standards necessary to achieve their goals of reducing carbon emissions and forest degradation.

But scientists at the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) are cautioning governments from abandoning the practice altogether, emphasizing the critical need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and the effective role REDD+ can play in mitigating the effects of industries that cannot decarbonise.

“Carbon offsetting is often presented as a panacea or as a dangerous distraction in relation to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. It is neither one nor the other,” says Dr Robert Nasi, acting CEO of CIFOR-ICRAF, a global research and development organisation with more than 75 years of experience in harnessing the power of trees, forests, and agroforestry landscapes to address the most pressing global challenges of our time – biodiversity loss, climate change, food security, livelihoods, and inequity.

To achieve the goals set by the Paris Agreement, we must drastically reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by 90%. But as not all sectors can be decarbonised, this is where scientifically sound, equitable and transparent carbon offset schemes can play a role. Forests and trees (and the oceans) are particularly effective at absorbing and storing carbon dioxide. They also provide many other benefits: they are home to a diverse array of plant and animal species, and they help to regulate the Earth’s climate by releasing water vapour and absorbing sunlight. Forests also help to protect against soil erosion and flooding and provide resources such as timber and non-timber products.

Win-win forest and tree-based solutions thus include:

  • Protecting intact, and largely intact, forests to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. Indigenous-controlled lands play a major role here
  • Managing production forests and plantations better, to provide much-needed materials for shifting from a fossil-fuel-based to a bio-based economy, and replace materials with high carbon impact like cement and steel
  • Increasing the presence of trees in agricultural lands through diverse agroforestry systems
  • Restoring, in a locally adapted and accepted manner, the vast amount of degraded land on our planet, to yield a bundle of critical ecosystem-based goods and services

Each of these solutions has the potential to become forest or tree-based carbon offsets; they also bring along a myriad of other benefits, with carbon storage becoming one of the by-products of better care of our land.

However, carbon offsetting through forests and trees also has its downsides. One major concern is that these projects can displace local communities, particularly in developing countries where land is often scarce. Furthermore, many carbon offsetting projects take place in remote areas, making it difficult to monitor and verify the actual carbon sequestration taking place. Another problem with carbon offsetting through forests and trees is that it is often a short-term solution to a long-term problem. Trees and forests take time to mature and reach their full carbon sequestration potential, and even then, they may not be able to fully offset the emissions being produced.

In sum, carbon offsetting through forests and trees can be a valuable tool in the fight against climate change, but it is important to approach it with caution. Careful consideration must be given to the potential negative impacts on local communities and the need to monitor and verify carbon sequestration. It is also important to recognise that while carbon offsetting through forests and trees can help, it is not a substitute for reducing our overall carbon emissions. It’s clear that carbon offset projects will never be able to curb the emissions growth if fuel-fed power stations continue to be built or petrol cars continue to be bought.

“We are like the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland who needs to run endlessly to stay in the same place,” says Nasi. “This is not to say that carbon offset projects should stop – quite the opposite. We must continue to restore forests and peatlands while also scaling up renewable energy and energy efficiency projects via offset schemes. But it cannot simply be an excuse to continue business as usual. Like the Red Queen, we must run faster if we want to go somewhere.”

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About CIFOR-ICRAF

CIFOR-ICRAF brings more than 75 years of experience in harnessing the power of trees, forests, and agroforestry landscapes to address the most pressing global challenges of our time – biodiversity loss, climate change, food security, livelihoods and inequity. It has partnerships in 64 countries, 159 funding partners and 192 active projects, alongside more than 2,200 completed projects across 92 nations. The organisation has an annual budget of USD 100 million, and a combined legacy investment of USD 2 billion in research and technology, policy and development. On average, CIFOR-ICRAF research is cited nearly 137 times a day and appears in global media more than 3,000 times per year. CIFOR and ICRAF merged in 2019 and are both international organizations and CGIAR Research Centres. Learn more at cifor-icraf.org.

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Azzura Lalani
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Bonn, Germany
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CIFOR-ICRAF announces Dr Eliane Ubalijoro as Chief Executive Officer


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  • Dr Eliane Ubalijoro will be the first African woman CEO of a CGIAR Research Center
  • CIFOR-ICRAF’s acting CEO Dr Robert Nasi will become Chief Operating Officer
  • Ubalijoro and Nasi will lead the merged organisation of CIFOR-ICRAF – the world’s leading research and development centre on trees, forests and landscapes

(Nairobi, 17 January 2023) – The Board of Trustees for the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Eliane Ubalijoro as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CIFOR-ICRAF and Director General of ICRAF. Ubalijoro will be the first African woman Director General of a CGIAR Research Center and CEO of two Centers in CGIAR’s 52-year history.

Born in Rwanda, Ubalijoro is the Executive Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age, and Professor of Practice for public-private sector partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. Over the past two decades, her research has focused on innovation, gender, and sustainable development.

“I see CIFOR-ICRAF as a critical institution, poised to accelerate its research and impact, leading the way to achieving the 2030 goals by harnessing the potential of forestry and agroforestry to create ecosystems that generate prosperity, sustainably,” said Ubalijoro. She is interested in combining CIFOR-ICRAF’s wealth of knowledge in forestry, ecology and sustainable agriculture with the transparency that high-resolution satellite data and artificial intelligence can bring to connect with work that aims to increase biodiversity worldwide and ensure transparency in terms of carbon sequestration.

Alongside Dr. Ubalijoro’s appointment starting May 2023, Dr Robert Nasi – CIFOR-ICRAF’s acting CEO – will take up the position of Chief Operating Officer. Nasi is a globally recognised forestry scientist who has been researching the ecology and management of tropical forests for the past four decades, including the sustainable use of forest resources and the intersection of conservation and development.

“This appointment marks a new era for CIFOR-ICRAF,” said Nasi. “As the potential of trees and forests in addressing the climate, food and biodiversity crises becomes increasingly apparent, the new leadership team stands ready to take CIFOR-ICRAF into an ambitious era of growth to provide much-needed solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.”

CIFOR-ICRAF is the world’s leader on harnessing the power of trees, forests and agroforestry landscapes to address the most pressing global challenges of our time – biodiversity loss, climate change, food security, livelihoods and inequity.

It has partnerships in 64 countries, 159 funding partners and 192 active projects, alongside more than 2,200 completed projects across 92 nations. The organisation has an annual budget of USD 100 million,, and a combined legacy investment of USD 2 billion in research and technology, policy and development. On average, CIFOR-ICRAF research is cited nearly 137 times a day, and appears in global media more than 3,000 times per year.

“CIFOR-ICRAF has never been better equipped than now, with the combination of Dr Ubalijoro’s wealth of experience in agricultural research, digital innovation and transformational leadership, and Dr Nasi’s deep knowledge of tropical forestry and exemplary success in guiding both organisations through the merger,” said CIFOR-ICRAF Board Chair Doris Capistrano. “We look forward to the new heights CIFOR-ICRAF will reach in its mission to address interconnected global challenges through the power of forests, trees and agroforestry.”

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Bogor, Indonesia
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Lima, Peru
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Food Systems Transformation: A Worldwide Response to Multiple Crises

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA2023) will feature several events that bring together experts from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society to address and reach consensus on issues and challenges relating to global agricultural policy and food security.

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The Congo Basin is the world’s second largest tropical rainforest after the Amazon and followed by Borneo-Mekong. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to more than half of the Congo Basin’s forests. It hosts a range of biodiversity that provide ecosystem services essential to the ecological balance of the Congo Basin, Africa, and the planet.

In addition, the DRC has 10% of the world’s freshwater reserves, 101,500 km2 of peatlands and 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide absorbed per year (MEDD, 2022). However, the DRC faces the highest deforestation rate of all Congo Basin states (OFAC, 2022), environmental problems (killing of Eco guards, inefficient waste management, illegal logging) and environmental risks (unsustainable exploitation of mineral resources in forest and protected areas). It is also one of the poorest economies in the world, ranked 179th with a Human Development Index of 0.479 (UNDP, 2022). Poverty is seen as one of the main underlying drivers of deforestation.

At the heart of its climate change program, the DRC is implementing  an emissions reduction mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), called reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

The DRC’s commitment to climate protection at the universal level is reflected in the submission of its second Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the signing of the second Letter of Intent with the Central African Forest Initiative, and more recently its involvement in the organization of the preparatory work for COP27 held in November 2022.

Between September and October 2022, the Government of the DRC, under the leadership of the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the Environment and Sustainable Development, organized PRECOP 27, consisting of a series of two conferences, an international scientific conference in Yangambi in the Tshopo Province on “the contribution of the forests of the Congo Basin and other tropical basins of the planet to combat climate change: status and perspectives” at the end of which the “Yangambi Declaration” was adopted and a ministerial conference held at the Palais du Peuple, the Parliament in Kinshasa was a great success thanks to a large participation of the scientific community and policy makers.

To encourage efforts to enhance science for climate action in the DRC, the University of Kinshasa, and CIFOR-ICRAF are organizing a science week for climate titled “Coupling Science and Climate Action in the DRC” as part of the NORAD-funded Knowledge for Protecting Tropical Forests and Strengthening Rights.

This science week sets the tone on the state of play of the implementation of a mechanism at the heart of climate action in DRC, the REDD+, by bridging policy and science a diversity of actors from the scientific world, civil society, the public sector, or donors. In addition, it opens discussions on recent governmental decisions impacting forest protection and climate preservation taken by the Congolese government after COP27.

Finally, it offers a rare opportunity to exchange methodological approaches and preliminary results of the CIFOR, FOREQUAL and FAIR FRONTIER research projects conducted by partners of the University of Kinshasa with the aim of bringing together scientists from foreign universities, the University of Kinshasa, as well as other forest and climate practitioners to deliberate on the link between science and climate action in the context of the DRC.

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Dabur joins hands with CIFOR-ICRAF to promote agroforestry and trees outside forests in India

From left: Chandrashekhar Biradar, Country Director- India, CIFOR-ICRAF and Chief of Party-Trees Outside Forests in India (TOFI) Program; Pankaj Prasad Raturi, Head- Department Bio-Resource Development, Dabur Research & Development Center; Mohit Malhotra, CEO, Dabur India Limited; Ravi Prabhu, Director General, ICRAF; Javed Rizvi, Director – Asia Continental Program, CIFOR-ICRAF; and Rahul Awasthi, Executive Director-Operations, Dabur India Limited. Photo: CIFOR-ICRAF/Sakshi Gaur

New Delhi, 14 December 2022: India’s leading science-based Ayurveda company, Dabur India Limited, today joined hands with the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) to roll out a mega initiative aimed at improving trees, fruits, medicinal and aromatic plantation practices on farms and outside forests areas, using agroforestry, across Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Tamil Nadu.

The initiative, which will play a critical role in increasing the tree cover outside demarcated forest areas and on farmlands, will go a long way towards helping India achieve its climate mitigation targets in the forestry sector, while also supporting sustainable livelihoods for communities.

“At Dabur, nature is the lifeline of our business. With a range of products based on nature and natural ingredients, we depend on nature’s bounty to deliver on our promise of delivering holistic health and well-being to every household. Managing natural resources sustainably comes naturally to us, and we encourage the same across our value chain. Dabur is proud to be partnering with CIFOR-ICRAF on boosting agroforestry and trees outside forests. This is a step forward in our Environment Sustainability strategy of preserving ecosystems and halting land degradation and the accelerated loss of biodiversity,” Dabur India Ltd. Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mohit Malhotra said.

Under this project, Dabur will focus on the domestication of selected medicinal tree species and medicinal plants, as well as establishing satellite nurseries in states to ensure the availability of quality planting material for the selected plant species.

CIFOR-ICRAF is leading the implementation of the Trees Outside Forests in India (TOFI) Program, which is a five-year joint initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) under the bilateral agreement on Sustainable Forestry and Climate Adaptation. The main goal of the TOFI program is to significantly expand the area under trees outside forests, thereby enhancing livelihoods and ecosystem services in the seven participating states (Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh). The initial phase of the collaboration with Dabur will be initiated through the TOFI Program.

Dr Ravi Prabhu, Director General a.i., ICRAF said: “We are glad to collaborate with India’s leading science-based Ayurveda company-Dabur India Limited. Through this partnership, we look forward to developing a partnership through which smallholders and tree growers in participating states are enabled to produce the kinds of tree-based raw materials required by Dabur. This will not only help augment the livelihoods of the smallholders but will also promote sustainable production and harvesting of tree-based products of medicinal value while supporting India’s larger development goals and NDC targets”.

Other priority activities under the agreement include developing a business model through which Dabur can buy back the final produce from the community, and developing optimum harvesting protocols for commercially important medicinal plants.


About Dabur India Ltd: Dabur India Ltd is one of India’s leading Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Companies. Building on a legacy of quality and experience for 138 years, Dabur is today India’s most trusted name and the world’s largest Ayurvedic and Natural Health Care Company. Dabur India’s FMCG portfolio includes nine Power Brands: Dabur Chyawanprash, Dabur Honey, Dabur Honitus, Dabur Lal Tail and Dabur Pudin Hara in the Healthcare category; Dabur Amla, Vatika and Dabur Red Paste in the Personal care space; and Réal in the Food& Beverages category.

About CIFOR-ICRAF:  The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) address local challenges and opportunities while providing solutions to global problems for forests, landscapes, people and the planet. CIFOR-ICRAF is more than a research institute: it is a union of the best minds working to find nature-based solutions for forest and tree landscapes. This dynamic and resilient partnership is uniquely equipped to deliver evidence-based, actionable solutions and to lead the radical transformations to address the interlinked crises of climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss, dysfunctional food systems, and unsustainable supply and value chains, and inequality affecting women, Indigenous Peoples and other marginalized groups. Learn more about CIFOR-ICRAF’s work in India: https://www.cifor-icraf.org/locations/asia/india

 

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Byas Anand @+91-9811994902
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Communications Coordinator, India, CIFOR-ICRAF
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CIFOR-ICRAF, together with the University of Indonesia’s Research Center for Climate Change (RCCC UI) and partners are implementing a Global Comparative Study on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (GCS REDD+). Through this project, we foster the co-creation of knowledge and learning exchange at all levels, ensuring policymakers and practitioners have access to – and use – the information, analyses, and tools needed to design and implement effective, efficient and equitable REDD+ policies and actions. This lecture series is one of the key components to disseminate knowledge and exchanging lesson learned of the GCS REDD+ Phase 4 project’s ‘Work Package 1: achieving transparency and accountability’ and aims to tailor research to country-level needs, policies and targets pertaining to forest-based climate mitigation.

This lecture series will focus on sharing lessons on REDD+ and deforestation and forest degradation archetypes from GCS REDD+ countries, including Indonesia.

Since REDD+ emerged in 2007, it was seen as a potential instrument to deliver quadruple wins: delivering climate benefits plus co-benefits for poverty reduction, better forest governance, and biodiversity conservation (Brown et al. 2008). Although national REDD+ initiatives have not ended deforestation and forest degradation, important intermediate milestones have been reached, including a better understanding of deforestation drivers and improved monitoring capacities (Nesha et al. 2021).

The Work Package 1 of GCS REDD+ identify a set of tropical deforestation and forest degradation archetypes, which will be tested and applied in the priority countries including Indonesia. Archetypes are stylized contexts that describe the main drivers, patterns and processes that shape social-ecological systems and co-determine socioeconomic and environmental outcomes.

Indonesia’s latest major achievement is its lowest annual deforestation rate in decades at only 0.1 million hectares in the 2019-2020 period, or 75% lower than the 2018-2019 deforestation (462.46 thousand ha), including a reduced occurrence of forest fires. The policy mix has been a major contributor to the Government of Indonesia’s efforts to tackle deforestation. Zooming in on different contexts that bring favourable circumstances for decreasing deforestation may help us better understand what works best where and why, and how we can keep the current positive trend going into the future.

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The main objective of this visiting lecture is to discuss progress made by CIFOR-ICRAF, RCCC-UI, and partners in the deforestation diagnostics approach.

In this visiting lecture, Arild Angelsen, Professor of Economics at the Norwegian University of Life Science (NMBU) and CIFOR-ICRAF’s Senior Associate, will present general lecture on REDD+ and will lay out details pertaining to methods used for defining and identifying different deforestation contexts in Indonesia (deforestation archetypes). Studies involve new analyses of satellite data, as well as the identification of different deforestation patterns and drivers in Indonesia. The goal of the lecture is to present the research and receive feedback from academics in Indonesia. This will allow us to make the research more relevant for students and researchers in Indonesia.

The lecture is co-organised by the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social and Political Science Universitas Indonesia, Institute for Social and Political Research and Development (LPPSP) FISIP UI, the Center for International Forestry Research-World Agroforestry Center (CIFOR-ICRAF), and the Research Center for Climate Change (RCCC UI) Universitas Indonesia.

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Contact: Bimo Dwisatrio (b.dwisatrio@cgiar.org or b.dwisatrio@cifor-icraf.org)

ReGenerative Grazing as a Soil, Climate, and Livelihoods Solution: The Science, Practice and Policy

This webinar highlights the science, practices and policies of regenerative grazing as a soil, climate, and livelihoods solution. Special attention is given to grasslands, soils, and pastoral people and agriculturally-dependent communities.

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David Johnson

Research Scientist, Sr. Molecular Biologist, New Mexico State University

Precious Phiri

Igugu Trust and Regeneration International

Leigh Winowiecki

Global Research Leader: Soil and Land Health, CIFOR-ICRAF

Acknowledging the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation, Vietnam and more than 140 countries signed the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use at COP26 to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation. The country is also a member of the Forest and Climate Leaders’ Partnership launched at COP27. In addition, Vietnam has strengthened its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) targets in reducing deforestation and forest degradation.

Carbon markets are being promoted by the international community as an effective financing mechanism to reduce emission from deforestation and forest degradation, protect forests and other carbon sinks, such as peatlands and wetlands. There are positive signs for forest carbon market development, with almost USD 400 million generated in global voluntary carbon market transactions between 2017 and 2019. At least USD 5.9 billion flowed to forest carbon offset projects around the world, with an additional USD 1.3 billion disbursed or contracted to support developing countries in protecting their forests. However, these transactions have yet to match forestry’s full potential.

Vietnam’s forestry sector is preparing and implementing several carbon projects to mobilize additional finance for long-term sustainable forest management. These projects also aim to provide practical lessons learnt for future domestic carbon markets and prepare Vietnam to join the global carbon market in the future. However, the implementation of these projects has been impeded by the unclear global institutional architecture of carbon markets (e.g., Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, international financial institutions) and the national policy framework.

Agreements at COP27 on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, which regulates the operationalization of carbon markets, brings both opportunities and challenges for countries, including Vietnam to design and implement forest carbon market in effective, efficient, and equitable manner.

The pathway Vietnam adopts for its forest carbon market to achieve sustainable socio-economic development goals and climate change adaptation and mitigation pledges is critical yet remains unanswered question for many policy makers and practitioners in the country. 

This workshop brings together policy makers, practitioners, academia, private sector, civil society organizations and local communities to discuss:

  • status and future trends of forest carbon markets
  • updates from COP27 and its implication for global carbon markets and Vietnam
  • lessons learnt from other forest rich countries (e.g. Peru, Indonesia) on how they establish and operationalize forest carbon markets
  • opportunities and challenges for Vietnam to design and operate forest carbon market.

The workshop aims to provide policy makers and practitioners with updated and comprehensive analysis and information on carbon markets for their decision-making. The workshop is co-organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and IUCN.

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